HATS OFF

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Nov 2017 11:37:11


 

HATS off to the scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation for successfully test-firing the most lethal missile in the arsenal of the country’s Armed Forces, the BrahMos missile, from the Sukhoi jet, an equally potent weapon. Equally important is the role played by the Indian Air Force and the Naval personnel, who were associated with the missile’s test-launch.

As the BrahMos can now be launched from air, sea and land, it has given the country a strategic advantage. Launching of BrahMos from a ship takes a much longer time because of ship’s slow movement. On the other hand, Sukhoi jets fly at a mind-boggling speed, making it possible to launch attack on the enemy with a lightning speed. With a changing security scenario in the region and China strengthening its military power, India badly needed such a weapon to counter it. India should also be thankful to Russia, with whose help the BrahMos missile was developed. BrahMos is a shining example of defence cooperation between the two countries built on enduring friendship.

CHEATS AT THE HELM

EVEN as Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi said, “Naa khaunga, naa khane dunga,” he was pointing to the malaise of corruption that has engulfed the administration and the political community, right from the top to the bottom rung of governance. The conviction of former Chief Secretary of Jharkhand Sajjal Chakravarty, with a sentence of five years in the ill-famous fodder scam, shows why Mr. Modi took that vow. He is concerned that governance and public service has been eroded due to mindboggling levels of corruption, not only at the low level but also at the highest rung of governance. Former Chief Minister of Bihar Mr. Lalu Prasad Yadav had to quit his post in 1997 for his alleged involvement in the Fodder Scam. He was sent to jail for his involvement in the scam. On most occasions the amount of money gobbled runs into several hundred and even thousand crores of rupees. Thus the bigger the post, like the Chief Secretary’s or that of the Chief Minister, bigger is the amount of corruption involved.